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What to Eat or What Not to Eat? That is the question!

What to Eat or What Not to Eat? That is the question!
You’re staring at an enticing menu full of delicious choices. The angel on your right shoulder screams, “Order a salad!” while the devil on your left urges you toward the Philly cheesesteak. Eating healthy is a decision we make every day and with so many daily temptations, it’s a challenge to stay on track. But don’t give up! Chiro One is here to help you improve your nutrition one healthy choice at a time.

1. Add more

You might find our advice of adding food to your diet surprising, but many of our doctors share this advice with their patients. If you’re trying to change what you eat at your meals, you’re much more likely to be successful if you slowly add in healthy foods, rather than replacing foods altogether. For example, if you are used to eating a bagel with cream cheese each morning, start adding in a green smoothie and a hard-boiled egg. Eat the healthy items first, and slowly start to phase out the unhealthy item. Soon your body will get used to metabolizing these healthy foods and crave them.

2. Shop smart

When shopping, train your eye on organic. Luckily, there is a lot of research on the benefits of organic foods, and it’s becoming easier to find, afford and buy organic. Watch for sales at your local grocery store and shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables to help keep costs down. Also, seek out local produce at farms or farmer’s markets.

3. Watch these

Unsure of what to skip? Take a pass—or limit—your consumption of the following:

  • Caffeine: As Americans, we consume too much of this compound. Its overuse can lead to fatigue and sugar cravings, so keep your intake minimal.
  • Sugar: Once inside the body, sugar turns to glucose, which has toxic effects. Yeasts, molds and bacteria feed on glucose, causing us to crave more sugar. Break the cycle by controlling the amount of sugar in your diet.
  • The other “white foods”:Flour, fats and white potatoes all lack nutritional value and can contribute to weight gain. Decrease your intake of these, if possible, and focus on bright-colored fruits and veggies instead.

4. Eat Your Water

Most of us understand that a healthy diet includes lots of water, but did you know you should be eating your water, too? Eating water-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, helps ease digestion and allows your body to focus on other healing functions.